GRACE HALE is a composer from Lake Bluff, Illinois, and currently resides in Colorado Springs where she is pursuing her B.A. in Music at Colorado College. Hale has attended music programs at Interlochen, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, New York University/ASCAP, California Summer Music at Sonoma State University, Curtis Institute of Music, Snow Pond Music Festival, the International Summer Academy of Music in Germany, LunARTS Festival, and most recently in Noosa, Australia, where she joined her professor Ofer Ben-Amots for her second time at the International Summer Academy of Music.
Hale has studied composition under Jim Stephenson, Marti Epstein, David Tcimpidis, David Ludwig, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Alyssa Weinberg, Rob Deemer, Shinuh Lee, Jenni Brandon, Richard Nelson, Edward Jacobs, John Murphree, Jan Jirasek, and Ofer Ben-Amots. She also had the privilege of having her music performed by ensembles such as The Portland Chamber Orchestra, The Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra, andPlay, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Transient Canvas. Hale’s latest projects include writing for the Rocky Mountain Brassworks Competition, where she was received as a first prize contestant. Just returning from Portland, Oregon, she had the honor of collaborating with Sierra Hull on an arrangement of her song “Sunday” for a performance with the Portland Chamber Orchestra and later Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra. Hale is also in the midst of composing a commission from the Colorado College Concert Band for a premier in December, and preparing for her residency next summer at Composing Noosa in Australia. When she is not composing, Grace Hale directs and conducts the Tenebrae New Music Ensemble at Colorado College and studies piano performance with Susan Grace.